Review Shooter: Swamp Thing 2

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Yanick Paquette 
(Review by Ryan Hancock) 

Swamp Thing #2. Wow. Just simply, wow.

Scott Snyder will never cease to amaze me. His writing is superb and is easily one of the best writers in comics right now. In many comics, too much dialogue can be frustrating, but Snyder uses it perfectly. With this second issue, Scott finishes up all of the explaining necessary and from here on in, it seems like it’s going to be one awesome, horrifying ride.

I can’t put into words how much I love Canadian Yanick Pacquette’s artwork. Although he draws the faces of Alec Holland and other people pretty well, his strength is when he’s drawing the frightening scenes. No one can draw a better axe-swinging, backwards head woman. I promise you that. And that one double spread page half way through the book, when the old Swamp Thing warns Dr. Holland of what’s coming…chills. So much detail, and so creepy. It will make you cringe.

I will be the first to admit, I have never read or even known anything about Swamp Thing. I’ve heard Alan Moore’s interpretation of the character was classic, but other than that, I really know nothing. So when a Swamp Thing comic was introduced into the New 52, I had no interest at all. Then I heard Scott Snyder was writing it, and I thought I would give it a try. Do yourself a favour and do the same. It’s so much more than your typical superhero comic. There’s a very dark story being created here, and you should jump on while it’s only at issue #2.

Are you an Animal Man fan? If you’re reading Animal Man and loving it, you NEED to get Swamp Thing as well. Both are equal in the creepy factor, and both scared the s**t out of me! Also, there is a crossover coming between both of these series and it is finally starting to be hinted at in this issue. Mention of “the red” and “the green” are constant throughout the book, and it’s only a matter of time before the storylines intersect.

Enough of me rambling. Go out and see for yourself. You will love it.

New Reader Accessibility: 4 — This is only the 2nd issue of the series, and this is where most of the story is explained. You really don’t need #1 to know what is going on.

Recommendation: Buy it — If you are going to pass on this comic, do so at your own risk. This is going to be one of the better stories of all the new 52.

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